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Old 01-24-13, 09:28 AM
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Ever feel like the cell phone companies are really out to screw the customers?

https://bgr.com/2013/01/23/verizon-sh...alysis-303240/

As data gets cheaper for Verizon to transmit, customers are paying more...

Verizon’s average monthly revenue per wireless account grew 6.6% to $146.80 in the holiday quarter. The main reason for the growth is simple: 23% of Verizon’s wireless accounts are now subscribed to Share Everything plans.

The beauty of Verizon’s new plans, as the report points out, is that data is getting cheaper for Verizon to transmit even though the carrier is charging more for it. “The company says the 4G LTE network is five times more efficient than its predecessor, 3G,” Chen wrote. ”That means the more people who buy devices that connect to the newer network, like the iPhone 5, the more money the company will eventually gain.”
Not to mention texting... texting is the lowest use of bandwidth for any cell network, yet they are charging outrageous prices for it, and the consumer just jumps on the bandwagon.
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Old 01-24-13, 09:42 AM
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No way! I've never ever thought that!
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That is one of the reasons that I continue to use an relatively inexpensive prepaid phone service. I am really reluctant to get into the huge monthly costs of buying into one of these plans.


It leaves me more money to spend on bike stuff!
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Im about to switch to a prepaid soon as my contract is up and I didn't renew!
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I too have a cheap Tracfone prepaid phone. The phone itself (LG420g) costs $15 at any store, sometimes $10 on sale. If I shop carefully for a minutes card and find a good bonus minutes code I can get the cost down to 5c/min. It usually works out to about $10/mo to keep it going. I don't like to talk on the phone anyways, so it is only used for occasional brief calls and a few text messages.
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I have a straight talk phone, ZTE Merit android smartphone. Its slow, but $45/month unlimited everything is hard to beat! And, for what little I use my phone, its better than paying $100/month with verizon/att/etc.

I'll never have a plan again. I pay less than half of what most do with unlimited plans. No, its not as fast of 3G, but for my needs its fine.
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The cell companies make no excuses for being in business to make money. They are in a business where their prices have no relationship to their expenses. They basically charge as much as they can and the market will bear. The competition is not really competition. If V decided to lower prices and take market share away from A, then A would do the same. They would keep their same market share and they would make less money, so they are content to not compete with each other on price.

I think their prices are high, and my smartphone bill is relatively high, but I'm willing to pay it. If they raised their prices then I might change my mind. OTOH I would like for them to provide better service for the money that they get. I think they can afford to add a few more towers, increase their network speed, etc. We're certainly paying them enough for it.
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I use AT&T's GoPhone prepaid service. $35 for phone, activation, and first month's service (100 minutes). After that its 10 cents per minutes plans, and you buy it in 'blocks'; I pay $25 for 250 minutes that you ahve 3 months to use. If you 're-up' before your 'block' expires the unused minutes roll over. You can also use the minutes for texting (15 cents/min) or web surfing (25 cents/minute) but I just use it as a phone.

Final cost is around $10/month. I'm satisfied.
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Ever feel like the cell phone companies are really out to screw the customers?
You bet. The most obvious feature to include on a cell phone is ability to pick up free-to-air television. Do the phones have it? No way, because the manufacturers are in bed with the service providers who have no money to make from people watching TV. Now, please don't tell me that you can get TV over the internet - that's not the point, because it's not free!!!
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I use Tmobile's prepaid plan, 1,000 minutes for talking and texting;
$100 for the year. Samsung Galaxy S smartphone. No net, but I use
my job and home's wifi. For folks who want to use 3G/4G maybe:

https://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2012/...-iphone-plans/















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Old 01-24-13, 09:04 PM
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Originally Posted by nymtber View Post
I have a straight talk phone, ZTE Merit android smartphone. Its slow, but $45/month unlimited everything is hard to beat! And, for what little I use my phone, its better than paying $100/month with verizon/att/etc.

I'll never have a plan again. I pay less than half of what most do with unlimited plans. No, its not as fast of 3G, but for my needs its fine.
Same service for me, with a Samsung Galaxy smartphone. It is 3G. It's limited to Sprint towers, but it has coverage where I need it, and also has a standalone GPS in it and a chartplotting program and RASTER charts fr all US and Mexican and Canadian waters, so it also serves as a backup Nav Suite when I'm offshore in the sailboat.
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I had cricket for the longest time, switched to a vzw family plan. I'm paying the same price with way better service. Its not super slow and actually usable. I never used my cricket phone much but that has now changed. Plus cricket decided to slow their internet down after you reached whatever data limit you choose to pay for and their speeds are already super slow. If I ever left this state to travel my phone had major problems with service. All I'm saying is you get what you pay for.
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my son, who's phone is part of my Verizon Nationwide Talk & Text plan, just upgraded his phone, and Verizon switched JUST his line from unlimited data to 2GB/month.... I feel like a battle is brewing between me & verizon. Nobody asked/told me this would happen. The price difference is one penny, but I've been paying, and want to continue to pay for unlimited data. ARGHH!!!
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I'm happy with a 'Bring Your Own Device' and 'Pay As You Go' service provider called Ting:
https://z364lrefn1.ting.com/

If you don't use any data, you don't pay for any data. Same for Voice, same for Txt. As your usage goes up, your cost goes up a bit as you spill into the next usage bucket. Service has been top notch too. I moved two old sprint phones over as a backup while having my main smartphone repaired (waiting for a replacement screen), it's $6 per phone number per month, and no other fees unless I use them.
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All the cell phone companies are really fronts for the Illuminati. At least, is sure seems like it.
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I'm happy with a 'Bring Your Own Device' and 'Pay As You Go' service provider called Ting:
https://z364lrefn1.ting.com/

If you don't ou don't pay for any data. Same for Voice, same for Txt. As your usage goes up, your cost goes up a bit as you spill into the next usage bucket. Service has been top notch too. I moved two old sprint phones over as a backup while having my main smartphone repaired (waiting for a replacement screen), it's $6 per phone number per month, and no other fees unless I use them.
+1 for ting. I went from $82/month to $26. (I'm only on my 2nd month). My next month looks to be even cheaper. Ported my sprint-branded HTC EVO 3-D. The only thing I do differently is use WiFi when available.
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Originally Posted by skijor View Post
+1 for ting. I went from $82/month to $26. (I'm only on my 2nd month). My next month looks to be even cheaper. Ported my sprint-branded HTC EVO 3-D. The only thing I do differently is use WiFi when available.
I'd love to bring my FrankenPre2 over to Ting (Verizon Palm Pre 2 with Sprint Pre 1 Comm board). Or any new tab slider that runs Open WebOS would do it for me too... although Sprint Nav is Ace!
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As long as a) customers are willing to pay the money and b) they're expanding their overall network (something AT&T does not seem to do very well) it's all fine.
But the point of any large corporation, be it China, Soviet Russia, Europe or America is to **** the customer.
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